Dutch Queens At Award and Book Launch

Last Wednesday, Princess Beatrix attended the Jantje Beton award ceremony for most play-friendly city in Culemborg. For this event, where she presented a statue award that she had made, she repeated a beigey pink straw hat with a pyramid crown and triple rolled bumper brim.

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The sheen and bias placement of the brim beautifully frame Beatrix’s face, softening the angular lines of the crown, while  metallic silver threads in the sinamay weave give the loveliest bit of sparkle. The pyramid crown shape is never going to be a favourite for me but the rest of this design works really well.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Nov 13, 2014; Sep 7, 2011

Also last Thursday, Queen Máxima visited Museum Beeld en Geluid to receive the first copy of the photo book “Stichting Haags Verhaal” by photographer Piet Gispen. She repeated her her midnight blue felt fedora with Petersham ribbon hatband tied in a side bow.

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The extended brim on this design gives it a chic informality that seemed to suit this event and paired well with her grey ensemble.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Oct 5, 2017; Oct 3, 2016

Thought about these two hats last week?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1982 when Queen Beatrix wore a black velvet tam on a visit to Peterborough during her and Prince Claus’ state visit to the United Kingdom.

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This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, Princess Beatrix repeated a deep claret straw brimmed hat to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Noordbrabantse Christelijke Boerenbond in Gemert.

On Thursday, Princess Nobuko wore a red silk covered pillbox with side feather pompom trim for a Red Cross Convention in Oita City.

Queen Margrethe continued her state visit to Germany today with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. For this, she repeated her blue plaid trilby.
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Yesterday, Zara Tindall wore a navy felt Justine Bradley-Hill designed trilby with leather flower and cut feather trim (she has worn a very similar design before but this one was new). Today, she wore a cranberry wrapped bandeau headpiece by Camilla Rose Millinery. Both looks styled by Annie Miall.

During the month of November,  I’m turning the weekly “Caught My Eye” feature over to you! What millinery designs have caught your eyes over the past week?


Lovely new photos released for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume’s 40th birthday.

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This Week’s Extras

On Monday, Princess Mako wore an ivory jacquard silk covered calot with folded brim and apricot silk trim for a farewell visit with her grandparents, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emeritus Michiko.

On Tuesday afternoon, Princess Beatrix opened the Prince Claus Bridge over the Dordrecht waterway in a dark blue sinamay brimmed hat.

On Friday, Queen Margrethe repeated her plaid trilby and matching suit at the “Children’s Nature and Science Festival 2021” in Hillerød.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Light and whimsical headpiece of pleated crin cherries by Dutch milliner Josemieke Crebolder
Wonderful stitching in hues of pink and purple on this plum felt fedora by American milliner Conney Borda
Sparkling disco beret with black crin double bow by Australian milliner Wendy Scully
Reproduction coals scuttle bonnet in black moire taffeta by British costume milliner Jane Bedden
Beautiful draped, rolled and soaring brim on this yellow hat in vintage straw by Australian milliner Jill Humphries

The audience winner in the 2021Netherlands Hat Association competition by Dutch milliner Koos van de Wal.
Headpiece of the amazing handmade velvet pansies by British milliner Anne Tomlin
Punchy green patterned buntal cap with navy visor by New Zealand milliner Maree Tong
Woven saucer in vibrant metallic yarn by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne
Amazing texture on this black veiled halo headpiece by American milliner Laura Del Villaggio
Masterful mix of subtle autumnal hues and textures in this design by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit

Kokoshnik headpiece of woven pearls by Irish milliner Carol Kenelly
Perfect pattern matching on this lime plaid felt cloche by Belgian brand Hats And More
Cream parasisal high-crowned hat with exquisite ombre brim by Australian milliner Stephanie Spencer
Indigo straw bandeau with tweed sea urchin-like flowers by Australian milliner Wendy Diggles
Such a smart black and white tweed cap by American brand Kokin New York
Striking headpiece of overlapping satin feathers by Italian milliner Francesco Ballestrazzi

After her marriage on Tuesday, Mako and her new husband Kei Komuro attended a press conference. The lack of wedding rites and celebration and the impromptu hug from Princess Kako as Mako left her parent’s home was hearbreaking (as we the release of an Akishino family photo taken over the summer). This article in the New York Times describes the situation well. I’m sure you all join me in wishing Mako and Kei happiness and peace as they start their marriage and Mako embarks on a new life.

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This Week’s Extras

Ahead of her October 26 marriage, Princess Mako wore a simple black brimmed hat to visit the graves of her great grandparents on Tuesday. Today, she and Princess Kako wore a cream silk bumper hats for a ritual at the Three Palace Sanctuaries (Mako’s last as a member of the Imperial Royal Family).

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On Tuesday, Maud Behn wore a whimsical lobster embroidered bandeau headpiece to take delivery of her upcoming book.
Also on Tuesday, Princess Margriet wore a chocolate hat with felt crown and sinamay mushroom brim for a WWII memorial

On Tuesday, Princess Beatrix wore a bumper hat in layered burgundy and rust sinamay with a pyramid crown for the anniversary of a women’s charity

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Stunning pink swirl and gold pinwheel designs by Australian milliner Rebecca Share
Fantastic pink boater hat by Australian milliner Michelle Robinson
Sophisticated claret felt brimmed design by American milliner Debbie Lorenzo
Graphic, wide-brimmed interlocking wood hat by Spanish brand Vivascarrion Artmilliners
Stunning colour and shape on this flared bumper, blocked on a puzzle block, by US milliner Laura Del Vellaggio
Wonderfully whimsical design of gold rolled sinamay ‘hair’ by Australian milliner Rachel Henry!

Amazing Tudor headpiece by British theatrical milliner Lauren Martin
Incredible sea waves headpiece by Australian brand Taboo Millinery
Magenta floating bandeau headpiece by Australian milliner Lauren J. Ritchie
Lovely vintage vibe on this cream felt draped hat with teal trim by Polish brand Oktopus
Gorgeous raspberry sinamay hat with domed crown and cartwheel brim by Australian milliner Fiona Cooper
Bandeau headpiece of pink scrolled braid flowers by Australian milliner Lisette Margini
At a loss how to describe this embellished pillbox by Australian milliner Catherine Storm except… WOW!

Utterly charming pale blue pale blue parasisal brimmed hat with flying bow by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Wonderful historical bonnets made by Finnish brand Brevetar Hats
Exquisite rolled sinamay lily headpiece with cornflowers by British milliner Bridget Bailey
Deep magenta halo bandeau of metallic flowers by Australian milliner Sophie Allport
Striking black interwoven ring headpiece by American brand CHUCHU NY
Punchy orange and fuchsia waved saucer with silk flowers by British milliner Beverley Edmondson
Fresh and creative lattice woven headpiece with flying bow by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne
Unique watercolour painted boater by British designer Shandana de la Rivière

Lovely new portraits of King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema released for their 10th wedding anniversary

New snaps of Prince Christian released for his his 16th birthday this week

And we end the week with adorable Prince Charles of Luxembourg.

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